Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL players to be tested for heart conditions and have mandatory brain scans regularly monitored

Michael Carayannis For the first time in history all NRL players will undergo a heart scan before they take to the field next year.

Ex-Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter set to join Nathan Brown at Newcastle Knights

Newcastle switch: Mick Potter.

Michael Carayannis Mick Potter could resurrect his NRL coaching career as part of Nathan Brown's staff at Newcastle.

The first message North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green told his players

Message: Cowboys coach Paul Green has urged his players to forget about the referees.

Michael Carayannis When new North Queensland coach Paul Green came in, he had one message for his players.

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2015 NRL grand final: The words North Queensland Cowboys prop James Tamou wrote to himself on grand final day

Winning smile: James Tamou the morning after the grand final.

Michael Carayannis James Tamou shares the passionate letter he wrote for himself just moments before running out on grand final day.

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2015 NRL grand final: Inside the Cowboys sheds are personalised phrases that inspired them

NRL Grandfinal 2015 winners the Queensland Cowboys fly home to Townsville from sydney's domestic airport today.Fans,family and friends were there to say congradulations.
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Michael Carayannis The man who saved the Cowboys from grand final misery drew inspiration from a quote associated with the death of a former teammate and close friend.

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North Queensland Cowboys grand final hero Michael Morgan didn't see the try he created

Flick hero:  Michael Morgan on the attack during Sunday night's grand final.

Michael Carayannis His teammates were celebrating, but grand final hero Michael Morgan had no idea why.

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett calls for introduction of grand final replay after hitting out at golden point result

Consoling coach: Wayne Bennett with Jack Reed after full-time on Sunday night.

Michael Carayannis Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has again hit out at golden point, declaring he would have preferred to replay the grand final next weekend.

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2015 NRL grand final: Johnathan Thurston’s joy, but for Ben Hunt it’s only sorrow

Immortal credentials: Johnathan Thurston after his match-winning effort embraces Ben Hunt.

Michael Carayannis The 2005 grand final loss "still burns" Johnathan Thurston. One must wonder how Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt must feel after his final fumble which handed North Queensland the game.

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Channel Nine dumps Andrew Johns from grand final day broadcast following drunken airport incident

Stood down: Andrew Johns.

Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas Channel Nine have stood down Andrew Johns from Sunday's grand final broadcast following the intoxicated incident at Toowoomba airport on Friday night.

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Penrith Panthers beat Manly Sea Eagles to win NRL Holden Cup grand final

Under 20 champions: Jarome Luai celebrates with Penrith teammates after scoring a try against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.

Michael Carayannis Penrith Panthers have become just the second club to win more than one under-20s grand final with a 34-18 win against Manly.

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NRL Grand Final 2015: 'Scared' North Queensland Cowboys prop James Tamou searched for jobs amid fears his career was over

Michael Carayannis Just eight months ago James Tamou was browsing the internet in search of jobs after crippling self doubt left him scared of playing and fearing his career was over after a serious neck injury.

NRL Grand Final 2015: North Queensland Cowboys hooker Jake Granville's household torn on who to support

Michael Carayannis Jake Granville's household is torn over their support with the Cowboys hooker dating Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt's sister.

Canterbury Bulldogs centre Jacob Loko arrested over alleged possession of ecstasy

Loko in action for Parramatta Eels in 2013.

Michael Carayannis Jacob Loko's NRL career is in tatters after the outgoing Canterbury player was arrested over alleged possession of ecstasy on Saturday morning.

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NRL Grand Final 2015: Brisbane Broncos legend Petero Civoniceva says Adam Blair has blown him away

Vintage form: Adam Blair.

Michael Carayannis Petero Civoniceva - last man to wear the No.10 jersey in a Brisbane grand final victory - has been "blown away" by what Adam Blair has brought to the Broncos this season.

St George Illawarra Dragons dominate at NRL Community Awards

Community minded: Dragons forward George Rose.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra have been recognised for their contribution to the community by taking out the club community program of the year at the NRL's community and player education awards on Friday...

North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan feared he'd lose his spot in team

Michael Carayannis Michael Morgan feared for his spot in North Queensland's top squad despite a breakthrough season last year.

Playing alongside Johnathan Thurston can be 'hard' sometimes, says North Queensland Cowboys back-rower Gavin Cooper

Attacking weapon: Gavin Cooper.

Michael Carayannis Life playing alongside Johnathan Thurston is not all roses according to his on-field bodyguard Gavin Cooper.

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2015 NRL Grand Final head-to-head: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys

Man in charge: Thurston rounds up the Broncos. Illustration: michaelmucci.com

Michael Chammas and Michael Carayannis Everything you need to know about the 2015 NRL grand final match-ups.


NRL Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys - the key match-ups

Lock, stock and barrel: Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo.

Michael Carayannis The key match-ups heading into Sunday's NRL grand final.

The dramatic late-season switch which sparked North Queensland Cowboys' forward pack

Cowboy on the run: Matt Scott.

Michael Carayannis What did North Queensland change on their way to the grand final?